China clobbered Australia, 25-13, 25-8, 25-8, while Japan bucked a third-set stumble and turned back Iran, 25-23, 25-21, 26-28, 25-16, to advance to the next phase slated Sunday, Aug. 28.
With their victories, the Chinese set up a semis date with either Philippines or Thailand, who are playing at press time, while Japan arranged a meeting with Vietnam, who earlier survived Chinese Taipei, 19-25, 25-17, 16-25, 25-18, 15-10.
Iran and Chinese Taipei, meanwhile, battle for the fifth to eighth places.
China needed only 72 minutes in disposing of their rivals, with
Wu Mengjie steering the squad with 17 points built on 12 kills and four aces.
Zhou Yetong also made the difference by firing all 14 points on attacks.
Japan, for its part, banked on Yuki Nishikawa and Mizuki Tanaka, who scored 18 and 13 points, respectively.
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